Thursday, August 04, 2005

Remembering Steven Vincent

Here are just a handful of the many blog posts and essays dedicated to the memory of Steven Vincent:

Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online: Freedom’s Reporter

Chrenkoff: Steve Vincent

Belmont Club: Stephen Vincent

Mudville Gazette: And Then There were None

Again, this is just a small sample of what those far more eloquent than myself have had to say about Steven's murder. As all of these pieces make clear, Steven was a brilliant writer and truth-teller. He believed firmly in the necessity of fostering democratic change in the Middle East as the best way to defeat the Islamist barbarians who brought so much death and destruction to his native New York. As such, the best way to honor Steven and his memory, in my view, is through circulating his writings. Here is where you can find them:

In the Red Zone
-Steven's blog where he wrote about his experiences in Iraq and views on the Middle East. Has information on his book of the same name about post-Saddam Iraq.

National Review Online
-Contains a list of many of the articles Steven wrote for NRO. In particular, the five articles from December 2004 provide valuable insights into the cultural and psychological underpinnings of the Iraqi insurgency. His recent articles from Basra are also well worth reading. Sadly, the last one appeared on the day Steven was murdered.

Times of London: Guilty: how the Brits allowed Islamic extremists to hijack the police in Iraq
-An op-ed piece originally published in Sunday's New York Times on how the hands-off attitude of British authorities has allowed extreme Shia religious groups to engage in corruption and criminality in Basra. It is likely that one or more of these extremist parties was behind Steven's murder.

Finally, I must recommend this December 2004 interview with Frontpage Magazine. Steven's views on moral clarity, the destructive influence of tribal beliefs and practices on Islam, and the vital importance of pushing for the rights of women in Muslim societies are all worth reading.

Steven's family has asked that anyone interested in donating in his memory please do so through Spirit of America.

RIP Steven. You will be missed.


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